The greatest responsibility for the dam disaster and most of what else goes wrong in Puerto Rico is that the IMF and the Wall St. bond industry use Puerto Rico as a reverse ATM, sucking the wealth and health from the tiny Island nation.
Puerto Rico has ben staving off legal bankruptcy for some time and was ready to officially declare it just before Irma/Maria. Now, the disaster capitalists will really up the ante and tighten the screws so that Puerto Rico will soon economically resemble Haiti, the poorest nation in the hemisphere.
And Haiti didn’t become that way because of accidents of nature. The brutal rape of these nations has been supported by raw military power and mass murder for centuries. In Puerto Rico, it has been the Spanish and the U.S. In Haiti it was the French and now the U.S.
The misery of imperial occupations and mass murder far outstrips natural disasters and makes them worse. Or let’s get closer to home and see how the Harvey recover affects the poor and working classes (primarily non-white). It’s all pretty transparent now.